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About admin

I am a writer. And a musician/songwriter. And a husband/father. I love good beer, the outdoors, the embrace of family, the company of true friends, the telling of a good story and the inner peace derived from quiet reflection in solitude. Recently I have specialized in beer writing. In October 2014, "Richmond Beer: A History of Brewing in the River City" was published by History Press. "Charlottesville Beer: Brewing in Jefferson's Shadow," followed in January 2017. A third book, this one a statewide Virginia beer book combining history and profiles of current craft breweries, is with University of Virginia Press and slated for publication in 2018. Send me an email at rvabeerguy@gmail.com. As you can see from this site, however, my interests are broader than beer. Spend time, leave a comment or just enjoy. Lee

What’s new? Hazy beer guidelines and Stone’s plans

You might know it as New England IPA. The Brewers Association calls it “juicy or hazy” in new style categories announced this week. Jay Burnham and I also discuss Stone’s change in plans for its bistro and beer gardens at … Continue reading

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Women play prominent roles in craft beer growth

Women make up about 12 percent of weekly craft beer drinkers but about 50 percent of the adult population. What’s with that? Join Ashley Ray of Center of the Universe, Cheyenne Burnham of Final Gravity, beer writers Robey Martin and … Continue reading

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Talking about diversity, black history in the beer world

With the craft beer industry eager to attract more African Americans into the brewing business, Jay and I talk with Leon Harris, former head brewer at Heroic Aleworks and currently assistant brewer at Caboose Brewing Co. in Vienna, on the RVA … Continue reading

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Time to raise a toast to brewer Peter Hemings

The intersection of black history and beer is a narrow one. Most folks, I believe, would be hard pressed to name two African-Americans who have made a mark on the chalkboard of beer history. I say two because Garrett Oliver … Continue reading

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Brewers eye taxes, legislation and a big feather in the cap

Did you know that Richmond was tagged as the No. 1 beer destination in the world by VinePair magazine? Or that a proposed meals tax in the city has weighty implications for breweries? Or that the Virginia General Assembly is … Continue reading

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Legions of Fans on Facebook make beer scene bubble

Fans of Virginia Craft Breweries, founded by David Hunter (at far right), has created a forum on Facebook for more than 14,000 craft beer lovers. What are their concerns and issues? What’s the No. 1 thread that the site has … Continue reading

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McAuliffe cuts ribbon at Hardywood, ties bow on term

When Gov. Terry McAuliffe cut the ribbon at Hardywood’s West Creek facility in Goochland County, he also tied a bow on his four years as Virginia’s craft beer governor. Join Jay Burnham and me on the RVA Beer Show (WRIR-FM … Continue reading

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A Virginia craft beer pioneer visits RVA Beer Show

Join Jay Burnham and me on the RVA Beer Show as we talk with Mark Thompson, one of the seminal figures in Virginia’s craft beer scene. Thompson founded Starr Hill brewery in 1999 on West Main Street in Charlottesville–in the same … Continue reading

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Richbrau and more on RVA Beer Show

When it comes to beer names, Richbrau is one of the most iconic in Richmond. It started as the most popular post-Prohibition beer of Home Brewing Company, became the banner identity of Richbrau brewpub in Shockoe Slip, and now is … Continue reading

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Beer and cheese and more!

Join Jay and me on the RVA Beer Show (97.3 WRIR-FM) as we talk with Maggie Bradshaw of Truckle Cheesemongers about pairing beer and cheese. Let her tell you which of her favorites is like “a party in your mouth.”

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